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Comic-book stories celebrate women who crack ceilings, take names, and change the game.
Comic-book stories celebrate women who crack ceilings, take names, and change the game.
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Tough-as-nails crime reporter will never be forgotten

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Thanks to you FEMME MAGNIFIQUE is now 90% funded! Over the course of this campaign we'll take you behind the scenes and reveal the magnificent female subjects and talented creative teams who will bring the stories of these women to life on the comic-book page.

Agness Underwood was a journalist and one of the first women in the United States to hold a city editorship on a major metropolitan daily. She worked as a reporter for the Los Angeles Record from 1928 to 1935, the Herald-Express from 1935 to 1962, and the Herald-Examiner from 1962 to 1968.

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MEET THE WRITER

CHRISTINA RICE has written multiple issues of the My Little Pony comic book series (IDW Publishing), was a contributor to Colonial Comics: New England: 1620 - 1750 (Fulcrum Publishing, 2014), and is the author of Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten Rebel (University Press of Kentucky, 2013). When not writing about Hollywood and horses, she oversees the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, writer Joshua Hale Fialkov, their daughter, and two adorably rambunctious dogs.

Christina told us, "For my subject, a colleague once said, "She was a top newspaperwoman. She has the reputation of being tough."

Christina Rice — photo: Heidi Ryder Photography
Christina Rice — photo: Heidi Ryder Photography

Quick Q&A

Q: I wanted to be…

A: A rock journalist. My goal was to interview Slash for RIP Magazine and then drop dead. In retrospect, I'm ok with things not working out that way. 

Q: I collect…

A: Anything and everything relating to 1930s/40s actress Ann Dvorak. In addition to hundreds of posters and thousands of photos relating to her film career, I also have her personal scrapbook of photos from her 1932 European honeymoon to actor/director Leslie Fenton. 

Q: Top tip for budding young writer or artist? 

A: Appreciate the value of constructive criticism, which will make you a better creator. 

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Meet the Artist

JON DAVIS-HUNT is a video game designer and comic book artist. While working in the video-game industry he has most notably helped create the award winning Grid, Dirt and Forza Horizon series. He started drawing comics in 2008, working predominantly for 2000AD on Judge Dredd, Age Of The Wolf and Dandridge. Until recently, he was the artist on Vertigo’s Clean Room and is currently working on The Wildstorm for DC Comics. When he’s not designing video games or drawing comics, he likes to read comics and play video games.

Jon Davis-Hunt and art from The Wildstorm
Jon Davis-Hunt and art from The Wildstorm

Quick Q&A

Q: Worst career advice you were ever given?

A: Nobody in the real world makes money drawing comics and playing video-games.

Q: Best Career advice you were ever given?

A: Find the thing you love — make that your job.

Q: Famous quote that explains your raisons d’etre?

A: “With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.” — Max Ehrmann, Desiderata: A Poem for a Way of Life

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